Tuesday, January 10, 2012

mary oliver, on the uses of sorrow...


Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.

— Mary Oliver 

(The Uses of Sorrow, from her book Thirst, Beacon Press, Boston, 2006)


19 comments:

lilylovekin said...

I love Mary Oliver, she is my favorite. I've never read this one before Thank you.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, boy. That was a good one. I immediately also thought of the superlative Grateful Dead song "Box of Rain."

Debbie D. said...

Thank you for this insight.

S. Etole said...

I've been pondering this one lately. Like how you have illustrated it.

Loree said...

Thoughts to ponder. Hope you'll have a great 2012 Leslie.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

Love it....so...MUCH!

ayala said...

That is beautiful, thank you for sharing.

Jodi said...

Hmmmm...something to think about. p.s. Joy was asking for you last night. :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful. I've known the truth of this for years, but I don't know Mary Oliver. How have I missed her? I just looked her up on Google, and the first poem I read turned out to be absolutely perfect for someone who phoned me today to vent about life (and looking for advice). I'm seriously considering sending it. And I'm also considering not sending it. You know how it goes, I'm sure.
Luv, K

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

my goodness, that is some quote. yep, it makes me go all silent.

thank you for remarking the most remarkable...
i hope it can lend comfort too.
n♥

Joyce said...

I too have received the gift of darkness at times, and I still learn from this gift that keeps on giving. Beautiful! xo

Nancy said...

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. The decision is will we open the gift....We miss many blessing when we decide to put some gifts int he closet......

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Wow, such simple words that evoke such emotion. Wow!

deb colarossi said...

You had me at Mary Oliver.

xoxoxo

DeborahJoy said...

heart's gone all squeezy

Dual said...

Nice !1
Gio'

Tracy said...

Mary Oliver always has the words for what the heart knows... This is beautiful. While dwelling in light always appeals, learning from the dark does have it's gifts...wow... Happy Day, Leslie ((HUGS))

beth said...

i love that quote and have never heard it before....xo

Anonymous said...

What's it mean/